This Day in History

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1959, the Detroit '59'ers reached Whitehorse, Yukon, on their way from Detroit to homestead land on the Kenai Peninsula.

• In 1975, nine high school students and four chaperones from Craig (on Prince of Wales Island) returned from a month-long trip to China.

In the nation

• In 1634, Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by the second Lord Baltimore.

• In 1865, during the Civil War, Confederate forces captured Fort Stedman in Virginia.

• In 1894, Jacob S. Coxey began leading an "army" of unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government.

• In 1911, 146 immigrant workers were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York.

• In 1913, the home of vaudeville, the Palace Theatre, opened in New York City.

• In 1947, a coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., claimed 111 lives.

• In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks.

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